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Country Manager (0542)

  • Salary:
    €65,000 per annum
  • Poscity
  • Poscountry
    Republic of Ireland
  • Area:
  • Vacancy Type:
  • Full or Part Time?:
    Full Time

The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys and mules worldwide. We are working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We are achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.

The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland has been a part of the Donkey Sanctuary family since 1987, and we now have a superb opportunity for a focused and dedicated professional to provide leadership, deliver operational direction and ensure effective communication. Responsible for the effective use of resources to implement the key objectives and lead on income generation by creating a sustainable model of activities aligned to the overall strategy of the charity.

As Country Manager, you will be educated to degree level or equivalent, and possess significant management experience, including operational planning and strategy implementation. You will inspire, motivate and lead The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland to deliver a broad range of activities aligned to the business plan and strategy of the charity, developing strong working relationships with the Donkey Sanctuary (UK), ensuring an integrated approach across both organisations.

With demonstrable experience of initiating, enabling and supporting effective change management, you will possess excellent communication skills with the ability to flex and adapt leadership styles to achieve the best results. Using your ability to successfully build lasting relationships and influence and collaborate. You will have changing priorities and time restraints, a number of simultaneous projects and responsibility for income generation and financial budgets.

You will be the main point of communication between the board of directors and operations in Ireland, advocating for the charity with key stakeholders in government, the not for profit sector and animal welfare organisations, raising the profile of our work in Ireland and influencing decision makers, legislation and policy.

Principal duties will include:-

• Planning and implementing, in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team, long term strategies to achieve overall objectives, and lead the organisations work ensuring employee engagement with charity’s vision and exploring the potential for developing Donkey Assisted Therapy.
• Leading the development of an ongoing Income Generation Strategy that aims to significantly grow income from individual giving, legacies, philanthropy, trusts, on-site fundraising and commercial activities.
• Advocating with local and country stakeholders to raise the status of donkeys and mules and improve living conditions of donkeys and mules in country.
• Ensuring efficient and cost effective operations of all activities.
• Ensuring that donkeys and mules under Ireland’s care are kept with best standards to increase rehoming figures and setting Ireland as best model for donkey care in country.
• Inspiring, motivating and leading teams to deliver a broad range of activities which are aligned to the strategy of the charity.
• Performance managing, developing and supporting the Ireland team in line with the charity’s strategic aims and objectives.
• Ensuring policies, procedures and codes of practice are followed in all areas and that all employees are aware of their responsibilities - specifically in regards to GDPR, health and safety, legal and environmental policies and general duty of care.
• Advising appropriate GB departments of local conditions/legislation with regards to policy and decision making.
• Managing and ensuring budgets deliver agreed operational objectives and that financial statements are audited and submitted accordingly to in-country legislation and charity requirements.
• Ensuring the administrative support service and supporter schemes are reviewed and benchmarked against best practice and that recommendations for improvements are made to the Director of Equine Operations.
• Ensuring clear management lines of authority and supervision, resulting in the existence of effective delegations of authority and responsibility.
• Overseeing the charity’s safeguarding strategy which protects visitors, clients and staff and that a culture of safeguarding in in place at The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland.

If you feel you have the qualities, skills and experience to fulfil this varied, rewarding and unique role, and would like to play a major role in leading the evolving programme of change taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. Based in Liscarroll, County Cork, this is a full-time, permanent contract starting as soon as possible. Flexibility to travel between multiple sites in Ireland to provide effective, balanced leadership is essential.

Closing date for completed applications: Sunday 26 July 2020.

First interviews will be held by MS Team calls, commencing the week beginning 10 August 2020.

Second interviews will be held on site in Liscarroll, Co Cork, commencing the week beginning 24 August 2020.

In light of the ongoing situation with Covid-19 we may need to amend our recruitment process to include alternative means of interview such as MS Team calls if face-to-face interviews are not possible during this period. This is constantly being reviewed.

The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults), and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, and may be Garda vetted where required for the post. The Donkey Sanctuary is an equal opportunities employer.

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